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Stealing Sinatra (2003)

R  |   |  Biography, Comedy, Drama  |  24 January 2003 (USA)
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In need of a grubstake, a young man convinces a couple of friends to help him kidnap Frank Sinatra Jr. It's a true story.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Barry Keenan
John Irwin
Joe Amsler
Agent Stamek (as Sam Mcmurray)
Michael Coristine ...
Mary Keenan
Agent Flett
Betty Amsler
James Mahoney (as Kevin Mcnulty)
Ron Chartier ...
James Irwin
Sue Irwin
John Foss


In need of a grubstake, a young man convinces a couple of friends to help him kidnap Frank Sinatra Jr. It's a true story.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


What's a little kidnapping among friends?

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »




Release Date:

24 January 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ho rapito Sinatra  »

Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)

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(Showtime Library Print)

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(as Dolby Surround)


Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Barry Keenan received no money from this movie. See more »

Crazy Credits

No animals were harmed and no criminals profited from the making of this film. See more »


References The Main Event (1979) See more »


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Written by Mike Love and Brian Wilson
Performed by The Beach Boys
Courtesy of Deck Records c/o Original Sound Entertainment, Hollywood CA
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Recruited From The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight
13 October 2010 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

How well I remember the kidnapping of Frank Sinatra, Jr. which followed closely on the wake of JFK's assassination. At the time I kept thinking why of all celebrities would someone choose Frank Sinatra's family to victimize with all of that man's legal and extralegal resources?

Yet three rejects from the gang that couldn't shoot straight actually did that incredible deed which fortunately for them, no harm, no foul and they all got incredibly early paroles. But the story of their trials and jail sentences is not told in this film.

One factual error that was made was that the strategy of claiming that the whole thing was a publicity hoax that young Sinatra was in on was one used by their defense attorney later on at trial. The three perpetrators didn't claim that right away.

Other than that, William H. Macy, David Arquette, and Ryan Browning are the three kidnappers in a story that sticks pretty factually close to the events as they happen. James Russo does a fine job playing the senior Sinatra, it's like seeing Old Blue Eyes himself. Fortunately the role did not call for singing like Sinatra.

Showtime produced this film for their network and the plot centered around David Arquette playing Barry Keenan the organizer of the plot. His rather amoral character is gone into somewhat, the other two roles of John Irwin (William H. Macy) and Joe Amsler (Ryan Browning) are left kind of up in the air by the script.

Stealing Sinatra is a factual retelling of one of the strangest events of the Sixties. A bit above average for a made for TV film.

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